Glenn David Brasher, The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Thomas J. Brown, ed., Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).

David Glassberg, Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001).

Guy Gugliotta, Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2012).

Harold Holzer, Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Brian Matthew Jordan, UNHOLY SABBATH: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862 (Savas Beatie, 2012).

Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Doubleday, 2011).  Loved it!

Chad L. Williams, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

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4 comments add yours

  1. What would you recommend for a student starting their research on Grant’s life, not just the years 1861-65. thanks.

  2. I agree that the Candice Millard book was very good. James A. Garfield is an underappreciated figure in U.S. history and may have been a successful president if not for Charles Guiteau. Kenneth Ackerman’s “Dark Horse” (published in 2003 or so) was also excellent, detailing Garfield’s unlikely nomination in 1880 and the factional Republican Party politics of the age. I’m pleased that Garfield is getting a little more attention from historians like Millard and Ackerman these days.

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